Speed (Buck-Tick song)

“Speed” (スピード) is the fourth single released by the Japanese rock band Buck Tick. It was released as the first single from the group’s sixth studio album, Kurutta Taiyou, on January 21, 1991 through Victor Entertainment.[1] The single was released as an 8 cm CD in a cassette-like sleeve case that featured a re-worked version of the cover to Kurutta Taiyou. “Speed” peaked at number 3 on the Oricon music chart during the third week of 1991.[2] The single has sold over 170,000 copes worldwide.[2]

The song was written by vocalist Atsushi Sakurai and lead guitarist Hisashi Imai in 1990 shortly after the release of Buck-Tick’s fifth studio album Aku no Hana for their then-upcoming sixth studio album Kurutta Taiyou. Initially, the song was titled “Acid”;[2] however, the title was changed to “Speed” as the band deemed that titling “Acid” was “too risky”, as Imai had been arrested for LSD possession after a concert during the group’s tour for their fourth studio album Taboo in May 1989.[2] “Speed”, along with the single’s b-side “Narcissus”, was recorded on October 18, 1990 at Victor Studio in Tokyo during the recording sessions for Kurutta Taiyou. The song was released as the first single from the album on January 21, 1991, followed by its release as the first track on Kurutta Taiyou on February 20, 1991. In the liner notes to Kurutta Taiyou, the line “ii ashido” (good acid) was censored by the group’s record label, Victor Entertainment. Sakurai has made references to this by whispering words for various drugs or not singing the line during live performances.

Aku no Hana (song)

Aku no Hana (悪の華) (Literal translation: “Evil’s flowers”) is the third single released by the Japanese rock band Buck Tick, released on January 24, 1990 and labeled with Victor Entertainment.
The song ranked first in the Oricon Chart during the first week of February 1990, starting this point the band began to gain popularity.

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